Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap From Tanzania
Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap from Tanzania is a 70- minute ride through the streets of Dar es Salaam. It's a look at what youth in present urban East Africa think and dream about. Bongo Flava is the name of a certain type of hip-hop-influenced music which -- unnoticed by the rest of the world -- has become the best selling pop music in East Africa today. It's a music of the post-socialism era channeled by a wave of new private radio stations. The name "bongo flava" comes from the Kiswahili word for brains: ubongo. Bongo is the nickname of Dar es Salaam, and means that you need brains to survive there. Tanzanian youth started rapping in the 1980s fascinated by U.S. hip-hop. They soon developed their own way of doing it and today the music has become a style characterized by the use of local melodies, beats, topics and their own language, Kiswahili. This compilation presents the hits by some of the most important Bongo Flava artists.
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